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Year 1 2019 - 2020

Miss Gore

Autumn 2019

What a brilliant start to the year we’ve had so far! The children have settled in really well and are becoming familiar with their new routines. Mrs Loynton, Mrs Watt and Mrs Durham will be our Teaching Assistants this year and will be supporting your child with their learning. We are also very lucky to be welcoming Miss Newson to our team who is currently training to become a Teacher.

Our first topic this half term is ‘Robots’. We will be looking at fantasy stories, recounts and the human body. In the second half term, our topic is ‘Family Album’ where the children will be exploring the differences between the past and present. In RE, we will be learning all about the importance of Harvest and the key gospel teachings of Jesus.

The children will read regularly in school as part of our English lessons, discrete Guided Reading lessons and on their set book change day. The children are also encouraged to read during our register time, thus it is imperative that books and book bags are brought in daily. Additionally, reading must be ongoing at home. Please use this opportunity to test your child’s understanding of the text by asking questions about the characters, setting or events. For non-fiction books, please help your child to find information using the contents page, index and glossary. Additionally, phonics will take place every day in Year 1. Year 1 is the year for the Phonics Screening assessment which takes place nationally. I will be holding an information event in the New Year.

In maths, we will be following the White Rose scheme of learning. The children will be undertaking tasks set with varied fluency in order to ensure breadth and depth of learning. The children will also be solving problems and developing their reasoning skills.

Regarding homework, we are continuing with the Creative Homework, however, I would also like your child to read daily at home and continue to learn their tricky words, common exception words and number bonds which I have included in your information pack.


PE will be on Wednesdays and Friday so please make sure that your child has the correct kit in school.


Many thanks,

Miss Gore



Summer 2019



During the first half term the children’s topic will be ‘Penguins, Possums and Pigs’. Much of our curriculum learning will be focused on different kinds of animals and the climates which they call their habitats. We will begin by exploring the hot and cold places of the world before investigating the kinds of animals that we might find there. Our focus story is Zog. The children will be putting their own twist on the story, by inventing new characters and scenarios. We will also be writing a non-chronological text on a focus animal of the children’s choice which they will be researching using a variety of secondary sources. In RE, the children will be learning all about how people of faith welcome new babies and we will be visiting All Saints church to learn all about Christian Baptism.



In the second half term, the children’s learning will be focused on ‘The Great Outdoors’. Our focus stories will be Percy the Park Keeper and – weather permitting – the children will have hands on, active learning experiences outside where we will be building dens and investigating the best man-made and natural materials to use for different purposes. In RE, the children will be learning about the actions of the people in the Old Testament and the nature and characteristics of God.




Spring Term 2019



Happy New Year to you all! I hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas break. It is so good to see that all of the children have settled back into routine and are keen to learn. Thank you for your continued support throughout all aspects of school life!

THIS TERM’S TOPIC IS …..‘Explorers’! Much of our curriculum work will be taught creatively through this topic with a large focus on History and Geography.



In Maths this term, we will be learning all about Money, Number and Place Value within Money, Time, Multiplication, Division and Measurement (with a focus on mass/weight). 



Children will continue reading regularly in school. Your child has been given an allocated reading day where they will read 1:1 with a member of the Year 1 team and choose new books for the week. Phonics will continue to take place every day in Year 1.



 Homework will be given out on a Wednesday, to be brought back in the following Tuesday please.

PE will take place on a Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. In RE, the children will be learning about why Jesus is special. 

As Year 1 will planning and writing their own ‘Explorer’ story, we would like to show you their learning journey that has built up to their story writing. The children will also be reading their story to you. This will be a great opportunity to see the progression they have made across English as a whole. 


Autumn Term 2018

What a great start to this term we’ve had! The children have been very excited and enthusiastic about our new topic ‘Robots’ and have even taken to walking and talking like robots! The topic has a largely scientific theme which incorporates many cross curricular links. After half term, we will be creating our own robot screens to showcase in our Robot Workshop. Additionally, we will be beginning our ‘Family Album’ topic where the children will become historians. The children will be exploring the differences between the past and present, focusing on how family celebrations have changed over the years. We are also very lucky to have Mrs Holding joining us. Mrs Holding is, at present, training to be a teacher, thus will be bringing lots of new and exciting ideas to the children’s learning.

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Welcome back. With another great term of creative and exciting activities ahead let’s hope we now have some warm and settled weather as our Summer term begins; this will enable us to get outside even more to use our school environment to support the children’s learning this term, especially for our final topic in June and July.


 Last term we welcomed Mrs Clarke to Year One. She is completing a final teaching placement in affiliation with Edgehill University. Mrs Clarke will be sharing the teaching in Year One and we have many exciting ideas and plans in place for this term’s curriculum. Mrs Clarke is very enthusiastic and comes with lots of experience and I know the children will really enjoy her involvement.


Spring Term 2018


It was a busy and exciting end to last term. Can I thank you for all your hard work with our Christmas activities and requests.

We said a goodbye to Mrs Mendonca in a special assembly at the end of term. She has worked over many years in Year One and we are so grateful for all her hard work, care and support.

We have had a great first week back!

Miss Harvey returns to continue her teaching practise with us until February. She has got to know the children very quickly and is planning some great activities for them.

We are delighted to welcome Mrs Currie into Year One, whom many of you know from her work as a lunchtime supervisor. The children know her well and will benefit greatly from her support every morning as a teaching assistant in our class.

Our themes for this term are ‘Explorers’ and ‘Growth and Green Fingers’ with a strong emphasis on Geography, History and Science.

Both these units have a strong element of outdoor work so we shall be hoping for some good weather. Our work as part of the Forest School’s Experience is particularly exciting for us. I know the children will gain a lot from this in so both curricular and their own personal development.

Thank you for your continued reading support. Our new online ‘resource ‘Bug Club’ is for you to use alongside our current reading programme if you wish. Do continue to sign the ‘100 Club’ boxes when y

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